The Problems… with your damp, dirt crawlspace
|Bugs, Critters, and More Bugs||Condensation|
|Mold & Mildew||Musty Odors|
|Structural Damage – Wood Rot||High Energy Bills|
|Poor Indoor Air Quality||Cold Floors|
The Solution…. to your damp, dirt crawlspace
The AmeriBrite liner is a heavy, reinforced plastic material similar to a pool liner. It is made of multiple layers of plastic with different characteristics of flexibility and tear resistance. The bright white finished side dramatically transforms your crawlspace from the nasty, dark space it was. The AmeriBrite crawlspace liner is tough enough for you to crawl on it and you can use your crawlspace for storage without worry of moisture penetration causing damage to the stored items. Servicemen can crawl on the liner without every worrying of poking holes or tears in it.
Do not be fooled by cheap imitation encapsulation systems!
A cheap counterpart to the AmeriBrite Encapsulation System is a 6 or 10 mil poly which easily rips or tears when you crawl on it. This plastic was never meant to be a permanent solution to sealing moisture from the ground floor of a crawlspace. It is better used for what the manufacture designed it for……….. a weather barrier in construction, the asbestos abatement fields, a drop cloth for a painting business, or as a weed barrier for agricultural and landscape uses. This product is easily pulled off the walls and is in need of constant repairs.
Our Installation Process
The AmeriBrite Crawlspace Encapsulation System completely separates your home from the moisture in the earth which dramatically reduces the humidity levels in the air. When the liner is combined with the sealing off outside air penetration and conditioning or dehumidification, mold growth and wood rot are eliminated from your crawlspace making the whole house healthier.
The first step is for our professional installers to remove any organic materials or sharp objects from the crawlspace floor. Depending on the conditions of your crawlspace, some raking and leveling may be done.
The AmeriBrite vapor barrier is cautiously cut and installed along the perimeter and inside walls. Small holes are drilled through the liner into the top of your crawlspace foundation walls just inches below the sill plate. Nylon expansion fasteners are installed to permanently secure the liner to the walls. We never seal the liner on or above the sill plate (as some contractors do) because doing so gives water vapor a direct path to the wood and can be a route for termites to get into the house framing.
Next, the AmeriBrite liner is cut for the floor pieces to be laid. The floor pieces are carefully laid out around piers and columns. All the overlapping seams of the ground and wall pieces are sealed with a 4″ wide sealing tape. Once installed, the crews will usually be working in their socks, because that’s how clean your crawlspace will be.
The top edge of the AmeriBrite liner is sealed to the walls with a strong polyurethane sealant. The liner is also sealed to or around other objects such as pipes, columns, piers, and ducts with any combination of sealants or tape.
Once the liner is meticulously installed along the ground floor and walls, the vents are closed and insulated.